City plans park for estate of Yoko Ono grandfather

Nov 17, 2014

City plans park for estate of Yoko Ono grandfather

Alarmed by an investment proposal by a developer, the city of Yanagawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, has decided to purchase and turn into a public park an estate of Eijiro Ono, grandfather of artist Yoko Ono and former president of the Industrial Bank of Japan, the ...

Nov 17, 2014

Two hurt as small plane slams into wall at Kitakyushu Airport

Two people were seriously injured Sunday evening when their single-engine private plane slammed into a concrete wall after it went off the runway while landing at Kitakyushu Airport. One of the injured was a 47-year-old public official from Kitakyushu. The other man, described as ...

Aug 22, 2014

Fukuoka floods kill police officer; 102,000 told to evacuate

Record rainfall in Fukuoka Prefecture on Friday triggered an evacuation advisory for about 102,000 residents of Chikushino to avoid mudslides and river flooding that killed a police officer. According to the city, heavy rains have inundated several roads and left other areas underwater. The ...

Aug 22, 2014

Over 100,000 Fukuoka residents urged to evacuate amid flood threat

An evacuation advisory was issued to more than 100,000 residents of Chikushino in the central part of Fukuoka Prefecture Friday morning, amid heavy rain and a high danger of rivers overflowing, NHK reported Friday. According to the Meteorological Agency, rainfall of about 110 mm ...

26 Fukuoka schoolgirls fall ill; panic attack suspected

Jul 1, 2014

26 Fukuoka schoolgirls fall ill; panic attack suspected

Twenty-six students at a girls high school in Fukuoka Prefecture became sick Monday in an apparent panic attack, prompting the school to close for the day. It was not immediately clear what caused the students to fall ill. According to Yanagawa High School, a ...

Store owner admits crushing corpse

Jun 19, 2014

Store owner admits crushing corpse

The owner of a secondhand goods store who is suspected of killing an employee in 2004 has admitted disposing of the alleged victim’s bones in an appliance crusher, investigative sources said Thursday. Shinya Nakao, 47, and his wife Chisa, 45, from Chikugo, Fukuoka Prefecture, ...

Fukuoka rape suspect flees mental check, found on beach

Jun 2, 2014

Fukuoka rape suspect flees mental check, found on beach

Fukuoka Police on Monday morning captured a 32-year-old suspect in a rape and robbery, who several hours earlier managed to escape a hospital in Fukuoka, where he had been undergoing psychiatric assessment, authorities said. Yasuyuki Okuma, a former restaurant worker from neighboring Saga Prefecture, ...

Mar 17, 2014

City preserves 500 Asian films

Closely tied to the Asian continent due its location, the southwestern city of Fukuoka has collected films made by Asian directors over the past 20 years and now boasts some 500 titles. The municipal government, which has organized numerous events like the annual Focus ...